Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Demons' Returned When Kev Rattled Bar

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Demons' Returned When Kev Rattled Bar

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KEVIN de Bruyne's crucial miss against Chelsea in December brought back City's 'demons' from last season, according to Gary Neville.

Pep Guardiola's side took the lead at the Etihad through a Gary Cahill own goal before half-time and had a host of chances to add to their lead after the break.

De Bruyne came closest - hitting the crossbar inside the six-yard box after connecting with Jesus Navas' teasing delivery before the hour mark.

Chelsea equalised four minutes later, through Diego Costa, before Willian and Eden Hazard fired Antonio Conte's side to a eighth-straight league win.

A victory would have put City within a point of Chelsea at the top of the table and Neville feels it was a turning point in Guardiola's season.

"There was a point in that game. …

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